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Konschuh, Sheila
Illustrated by Lila M. Yancey Calgary, Providence Child Development Centre, 1991. 12pp, $9.95 plus $1.00 shipping, ISBN 0-9695636-04. Distributed by Sheila Konschuh, P.O. Box 1416, Strathmore, Alta. TOJ 3HO.

Kindergarten to Grade 3/Ages 5 to 8

Reviewed by Lorrie Ann Clark

Volume 20 Number 5
1992 October

Mother Sheila Konschuh wrote My Sister after her eldest daughter expressed her feelings about having a sister with special needs. When she could not find any suitable books to share with her daughter, she created her own.

The story is written from a child's point of view. It does not deal with the technicalities of Down's Syndrome but what it feels like to have such a sibling.

The illustrations of soft colours and touching scenes match perfectly the sensitive and emotional feelings of a child. This book could be used as a starting point for discussion or as a tool to bring out hidden feelings.

An added bonus to the book is an insightful afterword by psychologist Marion Douglas, who completes the book for adults by discussing the process families will go through in a home with a special needs member.

Lorrie Ann Clark is a teacher-librarian at Loyd George School in Hamilton, Ontario and the library course director for continuing education studies with Brock University

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